Archive - 2018 - SCA Article

Archive - 2018 - SCA Article

July 5th

Key Discovery Made in Genetic Make-Up of Heart Condition Linked to Sudden Cardiac Death

A new study published in Circulation, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Heart Association and led by a cardiologist at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre at Toronto General Hospital has found evidence that only one of the 21 genes normally associated with Brugada Syndrome, a serious genetic heart condition associated with the risk of sudden arrhythmic death, is a definitive cause of the condition.

July 2nd

ICD Placements Not Meeting Medicare Coverage Criteria Decline After Investigation into Potential Overuse Announced

NCDR ICD Registry data show 16.1 percent decline in year after DOJ begins investigation

Following the announcement of a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into potential overuse of primary prevention implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) that did not meet the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) National Coverage Determination criteria, the number of ICDs placed not meeting the criteria declined, according to a study of hospitals participating in the NCDR ICD Registry.

In 2005, CMS created a National Coverage Determination for ICDs, which incorporated the available clinical evidence and aligned payment practices for primary prevention ICDs in patients insured under Medicare.  

June 26th

Wearable Defibrillators Are a Safe and Effective Alternative to ICDs in Certain Pediatric Heart Patients

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June 24th

Onsite Defibrillators Helping to Increase Cardiac Arrest Survival

The use of onsite automated external defibrillators (AED), increasingly found in places like airports and sports stadiums, is raising the chances of surviving a cardiac arrest, suggests a recent study from Europe.

Between 2008 and 2013 in regions of Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden, the proportion of patients experiencing cardiac arrest outside of a hospital who had a dose of electric current delivered to the heart by emergency medical services dropped by half, researchers found. At the same time, the proportion that received this treatment, known as defibrillation, from bystanders or first responders such as firefighters or police more than doubled.

On average, patients got shocks to restore their heart rhythm sooner than was typical in the past and there was an overall increase in survival over the study period, from 13 percent to 15 percent.

June 21st

CPR Is Key to Survival from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation increases the possibility of surviving sudden cardiac arrest. But it’s not just trained professionals who can jump in to perform CPR. There are simple, life-saving steps any bystander can take.

“We think it should be a basic life skill,” such as knowing to call 911 when there’s a fire, said Dr. Clifton Callaway, a professor and executive vice chair of emergency medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.

He gives this simple guidance: If someone is unconscious and does not appear to be breathing properly, it’s time to start CPR chest compressions.

Improved CPR Training Could Save More Lives, Research Finds

American Heart Association Scientific Statement addresses gaps in training that lead to flat survival rates for cardiac arrest victims

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June 19th

Gene Editing Technology May Improve Accuracy of Predicting Individuals’ Heart Disease Risk

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June 17th

Deaths from Cardiac Arrest Are Misclassified, Overestimated

Nearly 1 in 7 Are Due to a Hidden Drug Overdose, UCSF Autopsy Study Finds

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--Forty percent of deaths attributed to cardiac arrest are not sudden or unexpected, and nearly half of the remainder are not arrhythmic – the only situation in which CPR and defibrillators are effective – according to an analysis by researchers at UC San Francisco and the City and County of San Francisco Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Apple’s iOS 12 Securely and Automatically Shares Emergency Location with 911

NASHVILLE, TN--iPhone users in the United States who call 911 will be able to automatically and securely share their location data with first responders beginning later this year with iOS 12, providing faster and more accurate information to help reduce emergency response times.
 
Approximately 80 percent of 911 calls today come from mobile devices, but outdated, landline-era infrastructure often makes it difficult for 911 centers to quickly and accurately obtain a mobile caller’s location.

Studying Heart Disease After Death Can Help the Living

Study Highlights:
  • Autopsy findings provide valuable information about causes and natural history of overall cardiovascular disease.
  • Several papers in a special issue of Circulation offer insight into how autopsy contributes to answers about the causes of sudden cardiac death, information from implantable device to improve heart function, and identifying the original cause of atherosclerosis.

DALLAS, TX--Autopsy is often an overlooked source of medical insight which may be hindering advances in cardiovascular medicine, according to new research published in a special issue of the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

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